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James Snell

James Snell is a writer whose work has appeared in numerous international publications including The Telegraph, Prospect, National Review, NOW News, Middle East Eye and History Today.

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Footballer, revolutionary, Assad victim. Remembering the spirit of Sarout

10 June, 2019

Comment: Sarout fought against the Assad regime for almost a decade, and served as a symbol of defiance and hope for many, writes James Snell.

Shamima Begum's media circus in the Syrian desert

14 March, 2019

Analysis: Begum has not only come to represent the Islamic State's protected and inglorious denouement, but also a physical representation for some of the difficult questions facing states.

How Russian oligarchs are ducking US sanctions

16 November, 2018

Comment: When sanctions can be danced around or negotiated away, they amount to a flimsy version of foreign policy, writes James Snell.

Ending birthright citizenship? A dark trick to play

31 October, 2018

Comment: Though he's unlikely to achieve it by executive order, Trump's plan to end birthright citizenship would set America on a dangerous path, writes James Snell.

Afghans are serious about their democracy, why aren't we?

23 October, 2018

Comment: The way security and defence of post-Taliban Afghanistan has been handled shames everyone responsible, writes James Snell.

What to do with captive foreign IS fighters?

16 October, 2018

Comment: Governments around the world are abandoning their responsibility to deal with Islamic State group fighters who were not killed on the battlefield, writes James Snell.

A graveyard's quiet looms over Syria's Idlib

11 September, 2018

Comment: In Idlib, as in Daraa, the world will choose to remain passive while brutal violence tears lives apart, writes James Snell.

Taliban talks won't bring peace to Afghanistan

28 August, 2018

Comment: Negotiations can only prove fruitful if the Taliban renounces its commitment to violence, writes James Snell.

The Death of Truth by Michiko Kakutani

03 August, 2018

Book Club: Michiko Kakutani's exploration of the 'post-truth world' is more referential than declarative, writes James Snell.

Daraa: Assad's violence, western indifference; a painfully familiar story

02 July, 2018

Comment: The US and NATO are standing by as Assad's regime inflicts death and violence on the Syrian people. We've seen this before, writes James Snell.

Raqqa's rapid 'liberation' was flawed from the outset

11 June, 2018

Comment: A quick liberation of Raqqa was the coalition's sole aim, and it was pursued insensibly and destructively, writes James Snell.

A Line in the River: Khartoum, City of Memory

18 May, 2018

Book review: Jamal Mahjoub's new book mixes travelogue, memoir and literary non-fiction to paint a vivid picture of his former home, Khartoum, writes James Snell.

James Snell
James Snell

James Snell is a writer whose work has appeared in numerous international publications including The Telegraph, Prospect, National Review, NOW News, Middle East Eye and History Today.

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